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Is It Enough To Remove Words With Racist Connotations From Tech Language? Hint: No

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Web developer Caroline Karanja about how the terms "master" and "slave" are used in the industry and how they reflect a bigger issue in U.S. culture.

  • July 9th 2020 at 22:01

Cameo Celebrity App: Will Birthday Wishes From Snoop Dogg Mean A Big Investor Payday?

By Bobby Allyn
Cameo enlists stars to produce short video messages that are paid for by fans. In these videos Snoop Dogg (left) wishes happy birthday to an 18 year old, Lindsay Lohan (center) offers condolences for a postponed bachelorette party, And Lance Armstrong (right) sends greeting from Nantucket.

Cameo has become one of the fastest-growing tech startups by letting anyone pay for birthday wishes and other greetings recorded by celebrities and influencers. But will its Silicon Valley hype last?

(Image credit: Cameo/Screenshot by NPR)

  • July 9th 2020 at 21:42

Report Slams Facebook For 'Vexing And Heartbreaking Decisions' On Free Speech

By Shannon Bond
The civil rights experts Facebook hired to review its policies faulted CEO Mark Zuckerberg

A two-year investigation concludes the social network's leaders made decisions that were "significant setbacks for civil rights."

(Image credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

  • July 8th 2020 at 18:11

Uber Gobbles Up Postmates In $2.65 Billion Bet On Food Delivery

By Shannon Bond
Food delivery has been a bright spot for Uber during the coronavirus pandemic, as people stuck at home are ordering out more.

The deal is a sign of how the coronavirus pandemic has turned Uber's business model upside down, with customers shunning ride-hailing and flocking to delivery services.

(Image credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

  • July 6th 2020 at 23:52

Supreme Court Prohibits Mobile Phone Robocalls To Collect Federal Debt

By Matthew S. Schwartz
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law letting federal debt collectors make robocalls.

Federal debt collectors were granted an exception from the general robocall ban in 2015. The high court ruled that Congress can't favor some speech over others.

(Image credit: Patrick Semansky/AP)

  • July 6th 2020 at 23:43

A Theater Student Gets Supersized Attention After Superhero Video Goes Viral

By Christianna Silva
Julian Bass went viral for his superhero video with special effects.

College theater student Julian Bass got big affirmation for his video where he morphs into superheroes. He talks with NPR's Scott Detrow about his sudden fame — and his love for Spider-Man.

(Image credit: Julian Bass/Screenshot by NPR)

  • July 5th 2020 at 13:53

Behind Reddit's Decision To Boot 'The_Donald' Forum

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with Robert Peck, a Reddit moderator, about the site's decision to ban the subreddit "The_Donald" after numerous warnings and other disciplinary actions.

  • July 4th 2020 at 23:05

Concerns Grow Over App Store's Unfair Treatment Of Developers

By Bobby Allyn

Regulators in Europe and the U.S. are investigating growing concerns over the App Store — developers who try to sell their apps say the tech giant treats them unfairly and stifles competition.

  • July 3rd 2020 at 22:01

There's One Pleasant Surprise In 'The Last Of Us Part II': Its Depiction Of Judaism

By Kaity Kline
Dina, the love interest in The Last of Us Part II — is a rare bird in gaming: A relatable Jewish character.

The fungal zombie apocalypse game is relentlessly grim and wrenching — but there are a few bright moments. One of them is Dina, the love interest, and one of video gaming's rare Jewish characters.

(Image credit: Sony Entertainment/Naughty Dog)

  • July 2nd 2020 at 20:00

'We Have A Black People Problem': Facebook Worker Claims Racial Discrimination

By Shannon Bond
The complaint echoes earlier criticism of Facebook from Black employees who have long been frustrated at its lack of diversity.

The complaint alleges a hostile environment for Black workers, echoing longstanding criticism of the tech company's lack of diversity.

(Image credit: Jeff Chiu/AP)

  • July 2nd 2020 at 18:51

UCLA Scientist Develops Gloves That Translate Sign Language

Jun Chen is an assistant professor of bioengineering at UCLA who just developed a wearable sign language interpreting glove. He hopes it can be used by the deaf community to communicate with anyone.

  • July 2nd 2020 at 11:00

It's 'Our Fault': Nextdoor CEO Takes Blame For Deleting Of Black Lives Matter Posts

By Bobby Allyn
Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar, here in July 2019, tells NPR the popular neighborhood app is taking steps to address reports of racial profiling and censorship on the platform.

In an exclusive interview with NPR, Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar outlines new measures the popular neighborhood app is taking to address reports of racial profiling and censorship on the platform.

(Image credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • July 2nd 2020 at 01:05

DOT Inspector General's Report Says Boeing Misled FAA

By David Schaper

Boeing failed to tell regulators about significant changes it made to an automated flight control system when developing the 737 Max, according to the Transportation Department's inspector general.

  • July 1st 2020 at 22:08

Over 400 Advertisers Hit Pause On Facebook, Threatening $70 Billion Juggernaut

By Shannon Bond
Rashad Robinson is president of Color of Change, one of the groups organizing an advertising boycott of Facebook for the month of July.

Companies from Ford to Microsoft are part of a growing protest over how the social media giant handles hate speech and other harmful content.

(Image credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

  • July 1st 2020 at 17:44

Big Brands Boycott Facebook, Calling For A Crackdown On Malicious Content

By Shannon Bond

A big advertising boycott of Facebook officially kicks off on Wednesday. What brands are pausing spending, what do they want, and what impact is this having on the world's biggest social network?

  • July 1st 2020 at 11:00

Is Remote Work Here To Stay?

By Greg Rosalsky
A health worker sprays disinfectant inside government offices as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

A new study shows that about half of the entire workforce is now remote. The case for why "this portends a much bigger shift in the economy."

(Image credit: ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

  • June 30th 2020 at 12:31

Reddit Bans The_Donald, Forum Of Nearly 800,000 Trump Fans, Over Abusive Posts

By Bobby Allyn
Reddit announced on Monday that it has banned the popular subreddit for Trump fans called The_Donald. Reddit previously had taken action against the forum over posting content that violated its rules.

Reddit unveiled an update to its hate speech policies on Monday, including shutting down about 2,000 subreddits. It is the latest example of a popular online platform cracking down on hate speech.

(Image credit: Reddit.com)

  • June 29th 2020 at 23:10

Facebook Boycott Grows: Ford Joins Coca-Cola, Starbucks And Other Brands

By Alina Selyukh
Facebook is facing an exodus of advertisers.

The list of major advertisers pulling out of Facebook continues to grow as the company weathers criticism over its handling of racist, violent and other hateful rhetoric on the platform.

(Image credit: Richard Drew/AP)

  • June 29th 2020 at 22:45

How Authorities Can Use The Internet To Identify Protesters

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Allie Funk, Senior Research Analyst for Tech and Democracy at Freedom House, about the use of internet surveillance during protests.

  • June 28th 2020 at 13:59

In Reversal, Facebook To Label Politicians' Harmful Posts As Ad Boycott Grows

By Shannon Bond
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is under pressure to take bigger steps to curb hate speech and crack down on harmful content on the social network.

The social network is under pressure from a growing group of its advertisers to do more to curb hate speech and other harmful content.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • June 26th 2020 at 20:05
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